On the way to a meeting, I watched my student struggled with her work from outside the lab. I walked in to help her anyway, although there’s only two minutes left. I was hoping it was one of those simple ones solvable in two minutes.

“Why can’t the XAML display the video?” my student asked.

I thought for a while.

“Well, the answer is 42,” I replied

Her friends stared at me. So did my student.


“Because it is the answer to life, universe and everything.”


With one minute left, I told her this story:

“It was said that in the far end of the universe, there live a species of hyper-intellegent pan-dimensional beings…”

Afternote: When I visited the lab to make up for it, she was searching for the answer to life, universe and everything on the web